2022 IAN Book of the Year Awards Outstanding Action/Adventure Winner
2022 IAN Book of the Year Awards Outstanding Suspense/Thriller Winner
2022 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner—Action/Adventure
2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards Grand Prize Winner—Global Thriller
2021 Best Indie Book Award Winner—Suspense/Thriller/Espionage
2021 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Editor's Choice
"...a thriller that will keep readers turning the pages to a satisfying—and unexpected—wind-up." —BookLife
"Spy thriller aficionados will revel in the lively fight scenes, engaging cast, and vivid settings." —BookLife
"Exhilarating...a fast-paced, absorbing terrorist tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
“…an international action and adventure thriller, masterfully researched and crafted for an exhilarating ride.” —Readers’ Favorite
“…a book you want to place high on your list of thrillers and suspense experiences.” —Readers’ Favorite
“... a fast-paced, action/adventure thriller that will ultimately give every international top ten bestselling thrillers a run for its money!” —Readers’ Favorite
Jake Palmer, investigative consultant and former US Navy SEAL, has signed on as a contractor with a top-secret US Joint Special Operations Command team in Islamabad, Pakistan. Palmer and his JSOC partner work to uncover a suspected mole and gather intelligence regarding the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon arsenal as the country prepares for war with India over control of the disputed region of Kashmir. Fears regarding security of the weapons escalate when Pakistan decides to deploy its arsenal and rumors surface that a shadowy figure, the Chameleon, will attempt to divert a nuclear warhead during the deployment. With a nuclear war countdown clock at a minute ’til midnight, Palmer and his partner risk everything to prevent the Chameleon from carrying out a plan for the world’s first act of nuclear terrorism.
Ron McManus is an award-winning author of Libido’s Twist, The Drone Enigma, The Envelope, and The Chameleon. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native is a former US Navy lieutenant, combat veteran, and corporate executive. Following graduation from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Naval ROTC midshipman, Ron served aboard the USS San Marcos (LSD-25) and later volunteered for in-country service in Vietnam where he provided support to the Navy’s patrol boat riverine operations throughout South Vietnam. After completing his active-duty obligation, he became director of Program Integrity at the North Carolina Medical Peer Review Foundation where he established NC’s first Medicaid fraud and abuse investigation unit. Over twenty-five years of Ron’s professional career was in R&D with a British pharmaceutical company, including an expatriate assignment in England where he and his wife Mildred worked and maintained a residence for several years. He retired from the company as the global vice president of R&D quality and compliance and began studying creative writing and authoring novels that reflected those that he enjoyed reading. Ron and Mildred reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay where he is currently working on his next Jake Palmer novel.